I don’t know about you, but I have always struggled a little with planning my meals. I know that the less trips you make to the grocery store, the more money you save, but….with my lack of proper planning, it seemed that almost every time I got ready to prepare a meal, I realized that I had forgotten an ingredient I needed. This resulted in my swinging by the grocery store on my way home which led to my buying a few extra things I saw and thought I needed. The end result was that I spent entirely too much each month on groceries and ended up with a pantry/refrigerator/freezer filled with random items that didn’t get used.
It really hit me when a student of mine who worked at the grocery store joked with me one day that I was in the store every day. I had to admit that he was right, and I decided to make a change (or at least try).
In the past, I have attempted meal planning a number of times. Coming up with ideas for a week of meals is no problem for me. Where I have always failed is in getting the list of ingredients together. I always seemed to forget a few things that I needed because I didn’t feel like taking the time to look up the recipe and list ever single thing I needed (and then actually make it into the store with my list).
This all began to change when I discovered eMeals. Let me begin by saying that this is not a sponsored post. I simply love this service and wanted to share it in case it would help you, too.
Here is how it works… You subscribe to the service. If you pay for a year’s subscription to the dinner plan, it costs $58 which is less than $5 per month. I know you’re thinking that it is contradictory that I presented this as a way to save money and now I am telling you to spend money, but I promise that if you go to the grocery store as often as I did, this will save you way more than $5 per month.
You have a variety of meal plan types from which to choose. Some examples are Slow Cooker, Budget Friendly, Kid Friendly, Paleo, Clean Eating… There is truly something for almost everyone, and they continue to add more. Take a look at the current dinner plan types:
You choose the recipes you want to add to your plan, and a grocery list is automatically generated. Here is an example of a meal plan I created:
The grocery list is categorized and has little boxes you can click as you get each item. The items are then added to a completed section below so that you can still access them. You can also add other items that you need that are not part of your meal plan by clicking the plus sign in the top right corner.
You can always go back to all previous meal plans, and you can even save your favorites to your Recipe Box so that you can easily access them anytime you’d like to add them to a Meal Plan. EMeals also offers Lunch, Breakfast, Dessert, and Special Occasions plans that you can add for an additional charge.
If you think you might be interested, they offer a 14-day free trial. If you decide to subscribe, I can earn free months through the Refer-a-Friend program. I would love to earn free months, so comment with your email address, and I will send you an invitation.
If you have ever struggled with meal planning and wished for an easier way, this is it. Do any of you subscribe to eMeals? Are you already a successful meal planner without the need for this service? If so, I admire you! I wish I could say that I am that organized. I hope that by sharing this information I will make someone’s life just a bit easier. Happy meal planning!